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Whilst the outbreak of Covid-19 is likely to cause some disruption to WillisPalmer services in the short-term, we are issuing guidance outlining our plans to minimise the impact of the virus.

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Measures launched to tackle county lines

A £20 million package of measures has been launched by the government to tackle county lines.

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced the measures to intensify law enforcement efforts to disrupt the county lines model where gangs distribute drugs through vulnerable adults and children.
Under the measures, the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre [...]

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Childrens commissioner urges action over children leaving school without Level 2 attainment

The Childrens Commissioner for England has urged the government to take action after analysis has shown that 18 per cent of children are leaving education at 18 failing to reach five GCSEs grade A* to C, or equivalent technical qualifications.
Anne Longfield has published research showing that 98,799 children in England (18% of all school [...]

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Special Report: All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children

ADCS says suggestion is 'wholly inappropriate' - A row has erupted after the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults has slammed local authorities for unwittingly acting as ‘recruiting sergeants’ for county lines drugs gangs by sending vulnerable children to live miles away from home.


A row has erupted after the [...]

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£3.3 million funding for young people's mental health projects

Twenty three projects supporting young people with mental health problems are to benefit from £3.3 million of funding, the government has announced.

Support including counselling, mentoring and arts programmes will be offered to young people with mental ill health in their communities as a result of the funding.
Minister for Public Health Jo [...]

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Police called to children's homes 23,000 times in a year

The police were called to children's homes in England and Wales almost 23,000 times in 2018 leading a penal reform charity to raise concerns over children in care being criminalised.
Some children's homes called police as many as 200 times a year and there were almost 23,000 call outs in total from all the children's [...]

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Surrey transforms front door services

An "ambitious service remodelling" including a total reconfiguration of the ‘front door’, has been introduced at Surrey,Ofsted has said.

New arrangements had been fully operational for only five weeks at the time of the monitoring visit following the the implementation of a new practice model, called ‘family resilience’, underpinning a widescale planned redesign and restructure of [...]

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Ofsted will prioritise inadequate authorities when inspection re-starts

09/07/2020

Local authority children’s services rated inadequate at their last inspection will be prioritised when Ofsted re-starts its inspection process and begins focused visits again after it was temporarily halted during lockdown.

When Ofsted begins prioritising local authorities for focused visits from late September to early October, it will take into account those judged inadequate at their [...]

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Children in secure training centres to be locked in cells for 22.5 hours a day

08/07/2020

The Ministry of Justice has amended statutory rules for secure training centres which would see children as young as 12 locked up for 22.5 hours per day.

An accompanying memorandum to the statutory rules states that children will have at least 1.5 hours out of their cells in each 24-hour period, instead of the usual 14 [...]

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Children’s commissioner: Thousands of young people falling through gaps in education and care

08/07/2020

Thousands of young people in England are falling through the gaps in the school and social care system amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield has warned that one in 25 teenagers were already slipping out of sight prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. A report sets out the risks affecting [...]

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